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Warren Greig

MEAs/Greig1.jpgWarren Greig is a consummate jazz musician, a brilliant guitarist and an accomplished composer.  Mack Amps is proud to have Warren as a Mack Endorsing Artist.

JazzGuitarLife.com describes Warren as a guitarist who “swings with fervour and delight as he exhibits a strong melodic playing style that is exceedingly musical, developed and right on the money.” 

(Check out JGL’s review of Warren’s debut CD “Warren Greig Trio” HERE.)

The below video features Warren playing a beautiful solo with a 1949 Gibson ES175 through his Skyraider SR-15!

Here's a review from All About Jazz of Warren's latest album "Here With You".

Warren discovered Mack amps at a local music store.  After making contact and discussing his goals for a tube amp and his experiences with other amps over the years and in the recent past, we decided that a 6V6 based Skyraider would best meet his needs.

Cut to a scene in Paul Wiggins’ studio (organist in the Warren Greig Trio) where yours truly has just brought a Skyraider combo for Warren to try during a recording session for his latest album “Here With You”... 

Paul’s Hammond organ dominates the space along with drummer Harry Ellis’ kit.  Warren reveals his BEAUTIFUL Martin__ from within its hard shell case and plugs into the Skyraider that has been quickly set up and mic’ed in the center of the room.  After reviewing the chart for a new tune Warren has composed for the album, the trio launches into the first take.

From a vantage point within the studio recording room, the sound of the organ trio is simply beautiful!  The musical skill of all the players is readily apparent by the easy groove and incredibly articulate playing.  These guys are excellent musicians!

What a great experience, underscored by the fact that Warren is very pleased indeed with the warm, resonant tone he is getting from his Martin/Skyraider rig.  A stickler for sonic ‘truth’, Warren strives to produce an amplified tone that accurately reflects both his nuanced playing and the acoustic tone of his instrument.

Mack is very pleased to announce that Warren has found his guitar’s true amplified voice via a Skyraider SR-15C combo!


Warren is also a respected music educator with a full slate of guitar students.  He has just released an instructional DVD “Triadic Improvisation For Jazz Guitar”, which can be purchased at www.CDBaby.com

His 2004 release “Warren Greig Trio” can be purchased online at www.CDBaby.com or www.iTunes.com (search for “Warren Greig”).

Warren Greig was born in Willowdale, Ontario and was introduced to the guitar by his father and uncles who played country and western music. After the family moved to Thornhill, Warren began his music studies at Thornlea Secondary School. The music program was headed by Ellis McLintock who had led one of Canada's most successful big bands in the 1950's and performed as the principle trumpet player for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Under Ellis McLintock, Warren learned the principles of theory, sight reading and played saxophone in the school's jazz ensemble. On the recommendation of Ellis, Warren began taking lessons with Tony Bradan who had taught many of Canada's finest guitarist.  Privately, Warren studied guitar with various teachers and was exposed to the basics of jazz improvisation.

Upon graduating from high school, Warren was accepted at Humber College as a guitar major and studied with Art DeVillier and Peter Harris. In addition to the study of guitar, Warren took arranging with Ron Collier who had been a collaborator of Duke Ellington.

In 1980 Warren moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he continued his studies with Tony Bradan and later attended Vancouver College. While attending Vancouver college Warren studied guitar with Bruce Clausen and played in a big band under David Branter. Jazz pianist Elmer Gill who had played with Lionel Hampton and Eddie Lockjaw Davis was on the faculty and oversaw the Jazz Combo Workshops.  During this period Warren was influenced by Joe Pass and was able to attend one of his workshops.

In 1984 Warren studied with one of Canada's finest jazz guitarists, Oliver Gannon. During the years that he resided in Vancouver, Warren performed with various Jazz Ensembles including the Capilano College Big Band under the direction of Fred Stride and a small group that featured New York-based Saxophonist Michael Blake. 

In 1985, Warren returned to Toronto and played in the University of Toronto Big Band under the direction of Phil Nimmons. During the past several years Warren has played and recorded with several ensembles and performed at many local jazz festivals.  

At present, Warren resides in Mississauga (Streetsville), Ontario with wife Anna and daughter Melissa.